In the beginning.......
When the big earthquake struck in 1953, it not only destroyed most villages but, also the businesses that helped support the communities. Many of the islanders were evacuated to other countries where they began new lives, but some remained on Kefalonia to rebuild theirs.
In Lixouri for instance, there was very little left standing, but, once the debris had been cleared, the locals set about rebuilding their town. To do this someone had to supply the tools and equipment to the craftsmen. One man, Spyros Faraklos, opened his first business selling nails, screws and basic tools to the crews trying to rebuild the leveled city and his brother Nikos soon joined him. By 1961 his business had expanded to selling all sorts of hardware and building materials. A third brother, Babis, was already busy earning a good living painting the newly built houses.
Some 16 years later, in 1977, the three brothers decided to pool their resources and purchase a plot of land near the sea, which previously housed an old winery, in the neighborhood of "Dembonerata", with the intention of building a hotel.
In 1978 the foundations were laid and the Hotel Summery started to take shape. After some deliberation, the name of the hotel (which was the brainchild of one of Spyros' daughters, 13 year old Yanna) was finally accepted by the Greek Tourist Organization. The Summery first opened its doors in 1981 and caused quite a sensation, since it was the first hotel ever to have en suite bathrooms in the area. Initially it was built with 56 bedrooms, but in 1991 a further 23 rooms were added, making a total of 79 rooms. Although in the early days it depended on tour operators, the Summery started to work on an independent basis in 1996.
Throughout this time and without compromising its authenticity, the hotel has been completely remodeled 4 times since opening its doors. In 2011 the exterior of the building went under a complete renovation and a Wi-Fi network has been added to allow internet access in all the rooms and surrounding area . Although two of the brothers are now retired, Spyros and his daughters, Yanna and Titika are still running the family business